Outrageous

Outrageous

The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume One - Rise to Riches

Fiction - Historical - Personage
344 Pages
Reviewed on 07/04/2016
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Author Biography

Neal Katz is a serial entrepreneur. He harbors a passion for women’s rights and his lifestyle is centered on self-awareness and love. His novel “Outrageous: The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume One: Rise to Riches” (thevictoriawoodhullsaga.com) spotlights gender prejudice, exposes early manipulation of “free markets” and reveals how political power structures used prison and seizure of assets to prevent innovation and social change. Katz promotes a new financial paradigm to monetize charities through the Conscientious Credit Funding Organization, which will provide sustainable and renewable funding for diverse endeavors, such as micro-finance, low-income housing, education, vocational training, and infrastructure renewal, without a single dollar donated. CCFOglobal.org

Book Review

Reviewed by Mary T. Kincaid for Readers' Favorite

Outrageous: The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Volume One by Neal Katz introduces us to Victoria Claflin Woodhull and her sister, Tennessee Celeste Claflin, in their childhood. These women rose from abuse and extreme poverty. The sisters consulted spirit guides. Their father worked them as mediums and whores. They were involved in many struggles as they bettered themselves. The Claflins became madams, and introduced hygiene to their companions and other whore-houses. As their fortunes changed, they became friends with the rich and powerful. They kept ledgers of their clients, and set up an information gathering system. Eventually, they became confidantes of Cornelius Vanderbilt. By the book’s end, they owned a seat on the stock exchange.

I’m a fan of histories. The flowing prose makes this one easy to read. The characters are well defined, the backgrounds are vivid, and the period is well depicted. I was the beneficiary of many hours of research that went into the building of this world. Neal Katz’ prose style caught me in its web and didn't release me from start to finish. It is very easy to drift into a mere retelling of the facts of a person's existence and hard to make the facts interesting for the reader. I look forward to the next volume and the continuing saga.